backslash vs slash :

backslash or slash

This is a slash: /. Because the top of it leans forward, it is sometimes called a “forward slash.”This is a backslash: \. Notice the way it leans back, distinguishing it from the regular slash.Slashes are often used to indicate directories and subdirectories in computer systems such as Unix and in World Wide Web addresses. Unfortunately, many people, assuming “backslash” is some sort of technical term for the regular slash, use the term incorrectly, which risks confusing those who know enough to distinguish between the two but not enough to realize that Web addresses rarely contain backslashes.

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  • n  a wound made by cutting
  • n  an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
  • n  a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
  • n  a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument
  • v  cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
  • v  beat severely with a whip or rod
  • v  cut open
    she slashed her wrists
  • v  cut drastically
    Prices were slashed
  • v  move or stir about violently
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